Woodworking workshops

North Bennet Street School woodworking workshops and short courses are well-known for providing the highest-quality training in the fundamentals of fine and machine woodworking for individuals interested in exploring furniture making, carpentry and preservation carpentry. 

In addition to the fundamental workshops, two-day and longer workshops provide opportunities for students to build additional skills and fabricate useful objects of lasting value. Popular table and chair making, bowl-turning and timber-framing workshops are offered regularly. Master classes provide opportunities for professionals and advanced students to learn new skills.

Calendar

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Introduction to Spindle Turning

Sunday, March 22, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Janet Collins
$200

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

Students will learn the basic cuts to make while turning a hardwood mallet. They will learn to choose the proper tools to make specific cuts and shapes and also learn proper sharpening techniques. Prerequisite: None..

Janet Collins has been a professional woodworker and woodturner since graduating from the Cabinet and Furniture Making program at North Bennet Street School in 1996. She has developed and taught many of the woodworking and woodturning workshops at North Bennet Street School. Currently she teaches woodworking full time at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH..

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Fundamentals of fine woodworking

Monday - Friday, March 23 - April 3, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Ryan Messier
$1275

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED

This course covers the essential elements needed to build a foundation of skills for fine woodworking projects. Topics include sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools including paring chisels, hand plane, dovetail saw, card scraper and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; and the strategies of laying out and cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and student exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel, and hand planing. Learn to lay out and cut dovetail and mortise-and-tenon joints.

Traditional cabinetmaking practices are explained throughout the workshop and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project.

Ryan Messier is a fine furniture and chairmaker located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Formal training at the North Bennet Street School provided a wide skill-set which, blended with his artistic talents, has enabled him to create beautiful and intricate custom pieces.

Tools required for this workshop are about $375.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Shaker oval boxmaking

Sunday, April 12
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Judith Hanson
$325

Working with prepared ovals and box bands, students learn to bevel, steam and bend Shaker box bands and fit and tack them to lids and bottoms. Lectures and demonstrations cover a brief history of the Shakers and their woodcraft. Each student makes three Shaker boxes. Topics include re-sawing wood into box bands, making templates, cutting finger patterns, making oval cores for shaping constructing and finishing boxes, and sources for box materials.

Prerequisite: None. If you don’t already own woodworking tools, expect to spend approximately $60 on tools.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fundamentals of machine woodworking

Tuesday and Thursday, May 19 - June 18
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Ellen Kaspern
$695

Woodworking machines don’t perform optimally until the user becomes familiar with their construction and proper adjustment. Students in this workshop develop the skills and confidence to perform basic operations and the background needed for more complicated operations. Machines are discussed in reference to specific woodworking tasks and set-up accordingly with the necessary fences, guides or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized.

The course includes an overview of what to look for when purchasing new or used machines and reviews sources for machines, tooling and re-sharpening.

Ellen Kaspern has been a custom furniture maker since graduating from the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program in 2003. She is a member of Fort Point Cabinetmakers in Boston.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Introduction to Shutters

Saturday - Sunday, May 30-31
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Rainford
$425

Learn about traditional wooden shutters in this two-day workshop. Using traditional joinery, students build a sample shutter and learn the skills to layout and build shutters for your house. Discussion includes interior and exterior uses, fielded panels and louvered styles Students should be able to plane and square up a board by hand and have some experience laying out and cutting traditional mortise and tenon joinery by hand. Some experience with tuned hand tools and power tools is required. Read Bill's blog post about making shutters by hand.

Bill Rainford is a graduate of the Preservation Carpentry program and many PC and CFM workshops. A long time woodworker, Bill currently works on commissioned pieces from his own workshop, site projects, and personalized instruction.

Shuttermaking Blog Post

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Fundamentals of fine woodworking

Monday - Friday, June 1 - 12
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Ryan Messier
$1275

This course covers the essential elements needed to build a foundation of skills for fine woodworking projects. Topics include sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools including paring chisels, hand plane, dovetail saw, card scraper and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; and the strategies of laying out and cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and student exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel, and hand planing. Learn to lay out and cut dovetail and mortise-and-tenon joints.

Traditional cabinetmaking practices are explained throughout the workshop and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project.

Ryan Messier is a fine furniture and chairmaker located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Formal training at the North Bennet Street School provided a wide skill-set which, blended with his artistic talents, has enabled him to create beautiful and intricate custom pieces.

Tools required for this workshop are about $375.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Introduction to bowl turning

Saturday - Sunday, June 6 - 7
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Rich Friberg
$380

This two-day workshop introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe. This class is open to all skill levels. The school has tools students may use during this class.

Rich Friberg is an instructor and 2004 graduate of the NBSS Preservation Carpentry program. His company, Pleasant Avenue Restorations in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts specializes in historic restorations and residential remodeling, as well as timber framing and architectural woodturnings. Visit Rich's website at www.pleasantavenuerestorations.com.

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Sawhorse Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, June 6 - 7, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Rainford
$400

Build a pair of heavy duty work-site saw horses and a pair of neatly joined nesting horses (or 'Hurdles') for using in the workshop. Learn various mortise-and-tenon joinery, trestle structures, hollow chisel and plunge router mortising, table saw tenoning, and laying out of splayed legs. If time allows, we also discuss additional fixtures/accessories. You'll wonder how you ever worked without them.

Prerequisites: Either Fundamentals of fine woodworking or Fundamentals of machine woodworking.

Bill Rainford is a graduate of the Preservation Carpentry program and many PC and CFM workshops. A long time woodworker, Bill currently works on commissioned pieces from his own workshop, site projects, and personalized instruction. You can visit Bill's webpage here: www.rainfordrestorations.wordpress.com

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Walking tour; Boston's Historic Center, Building practices and Architectural Styles

Saturday, June 6, 2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Instructor:Bob Miller
$30 - the 15% discount does not apply to this program.

This three-hour walking tour begins and ends at the North Bennet Street School in Boston’s historic north end and illustrates how Boston has transformed from an exclusive Puritan enclave on the edge of the map to the thriving city we know today. Topics covered include how Boston’s geography and landscape altered to accommodate its growing population and its role as an expanding center of trade. See several styles of historic building practices ranging from 17th century timber frame structures through 20th-century architecture as well as some of Boston’s lost and secret architecture hidden behind the contemporary city.

Bob Miller is a Historian, Furniture Maker and NBSS alumni

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Carving a ball and claw foot

Saturday - Sunday, June 13 - 14, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Dan Faia
$450

The ball and claw foot is one of the most recognized forms of the Chippendale period. During this workshop, students explore regional variations of feet and how the many different styles are produced. The two day workshop covers lumber selection, pattern development, cabriole leg shaping and carving the ball and claw foot. Students make a sample leg to take home. This workshop is open to all skill levels.

Dan Faia has been a professional wood carver, cabinet maker and chair maker since 1994. He is a graduate of North Bennet Street School, and is currently the department head of the full-time cabinet and furniture making program. Dan operates his own woodworking studio in New Hampshire, and is also a frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking magazine.

To see examples of his work and to learn more about Dan, visit his website at www.dcfwoodworking.com.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Fundamentals of machine woodworking

Monday-Friday, June 15 - 19
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Brian McQuay
$695

Woodworking machines don’t perform optimally until the user becomes familiar with their construction and proper adjustment. Students in this workshop develop the skills and confidence to perform basic operations and the background needed for more complicated operations. Machines are discussed in reference to specific woodworking tasks and set-up accordingly with the necessary fences, guides or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized.

The course includes an overview of what to look for when purchasing new or used machines and reviews sources for machines, tooling and re-sharpening.

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Intro to Woodworking/Summer Youth Program

Monday - Friday, June 15 - 19
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Chris Kearney
$600

In this five-day course, students (6th, 7th, 8th grade) will learn the basics of drafting, woodworking and finishing through the completion of several projects. Each project introduces students to new skills and tools and builds upon the lessons of earlier projects. The students will learn how to use various hand saws, planes, rasps, files and chisels to create attractive and useful items that will be enjoyed for years; from a simple pencil box or cutting board to a more intricate wall shelf or carved spoon.

Prior to attending the Cabinet and Furniture Making program, Chris Kearney taught middle school math and history for 10 years. After graduation Chris worked in cabinet and millwork shops on North Shore before starting CB Kearney Fine Woodworking and becoming a MA/NH certified Industrial Technology instructor. He has taught woodworking, drafting and metal shop for various school districts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. You can see some of his custom furniture at www.cbkearney.com

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Historic Timber Framing

Monday-Friday, June 22-26,2015
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Instructor: Matt Morrison
$695

Designed to teach the fundamentals of historic timber work, this course offers students the opportunity to construct a timber-frame structure incorporating traditional mortise and tenon and other joints. This framing example gives students an understanding of the layout and construction of historic New England timber frames, including barns and dwellings. Construction is done using traditional tools including framing chisels, hand crosscut and rip saws, marking gauges and hand boring machines. Topics include: layout and cutting of sills, posts, floor framing, braces, tie-girts, rafters, purlins and studding, draw boring and pinning, square rule and scribe rule systems. This class is open to all skill levels. If you don’t already own carpentry tools, expect to spend approximately $125 on tools for this course.

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Intermediate fine woodworking

Monday - Friday, June 22 - 26
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Ryan Messier
$675

Review the concepts and skills from Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and build on them with more complex joinery and hands-on projects.

Ryan Messier is a fine furniture and chairmaker located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Formal training at the North Bennet Street School provided a wide skill-set which, blended with his artistic talents, has enabled him to create beautiful and intricate custom pieces.

Tools required for this workshop are about $375.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Secrets of Shellac

Saturday - Sunday, June 27 - 28, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Brad Wolcott
$500

Move beyond the limitations of premixed shellac and unlock the full range of possibilities of this versatile finish. Topics to be covered include mixing dry flakes, brushing, padding, french polishing and final polishing. Tools are included.

After graduating from Dartmouth College in 2006, Brad joined the US Army and served as a cavalry officer for four years. After completing his service he enrolled at NBSS and graduated from the Cabinet and Furniture Program in 2012. Today Brad works as a self-employed studio furniture maker in Hardwick, Massachusetts.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking

Monday - Friday, July 6 - 17
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Judith Hanson
$1275

This course covers the essential elements needed to build a foundation of skills for fine woodworking projects. Topics include sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools including paring chisels, hand plane, dovetail saw, card scraper and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; and the strategies of laying out and cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and student exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel, and hand planing. Learn to lay out and cut dovetail and mortise-and-tenon joints.

Traditional cabinetmaking practices are explained throughout the workshop and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project.

Judith is a 1994 graduate of the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program and has a sculpture degree from MassArt. She is a self-employed custom-woodworker in Medford, Massachusetts and teaches at MassArt.

Tools required for this workshop are about $375.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fundamentals of machine woodworking

Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7 - August 6
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Ellen Kaspern
$695

Woodworking machines don’t perform optimally until the user becomes familiar with their construction and proper adjustment. Students in this workshop develop the skills and confidence to perform basic operations and the background needed for more complicated operations. Machines are discussed in reference to specific woodworking tasks and set-up accordingly with the necessary fences, guides or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized.

The course includes an overview of what to look for when purchasing new or used machines and reviews sources for machines, tooling and re-sharpening.

Ellen Kaspern has been a custom furniture maker since graduating from the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program in 2003. She is a member of Fort Point Cabinetmakers in Boston.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Build a Guitar

Monday – Friday, July 13 - August 7, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Steve Spodaryk
$2,500

The 15% new student discount does not apply to this workshop.

Build a personalized acoustic guitar with experienced luthier Steve Spodaryk. In this class, students learn material selection, side bending, joinery, adhesives, decorative details, ergonomics, bracing and plate tuning. We focus on important acoustic and structural considerations as well as finishing basics, fretwork and final setup. Throughout the class, we use the best of traditional and modern techniques. The materials are provided in the form of a high-quality kit and include opportunities for customization and plenty of challenges. We cover basic hand tool use and use tools and techniques that are available to the casual builder. Some experience with woodworking is recommended.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Introduction to veneer

Friday - Sunday, July 17 - 19, 2015
Thru: 7/19/20158:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Brad Wolcott
$475

Veneer unlocks a range of details and design possibilities that are impossible to achieve with solid wood. Topics covered include veneer selection, shaping and taping, glues and mechanical and vacuum pressing.

After graduating from Dartmouth College in 2006, Brad joined the US Army and served as a cavalry officer for four years. After completing his service he enrolled at NBSS and graduated from the Cabinet and Furniture Program in 2012. Today Brad works as a self-employed studio furniture maker in Hardwick, Massachusetts.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Family workshop: build a toolbox

Saturday, July 18, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Instructor: Ryan Messier

$200 for each adult and child team, the 15% discount does not apply to this workshop

Share a workbench and build a small portable tool box. Each adult and child (6-11) team completes the process of measuring pieces, cutting parts to length, planing parts smooth and constructing the toolbox with hammer and nails. The instructor demonstrates each activity emphasizing technique and safety. No tools or materials costs and no experience is required.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Fundamentals of machine woodworking

Monday-Friday, July 20 - 24
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor:Matt Wajda
$695

Woodworking machines don’t perform optimally until the user becomes familiar with their construction and proper adjustment. Students in this workshop develop the skills and confidence to perform basic operations and the background needed for more complicated operations. Machines are discussed in reference to specific woodworking tasks and set-up accordingly with the necessary fences, guides or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized.

The course includes an overview of what to look for when purchasing new or used machines and reviews sources for machines, tooling and re-sharpening.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Traditional woodcarving

Friday - Sunday, July 24 - 26, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Dan Faia
$550

In this three-day workshop, students learn many of the essential wood carving techniques. Topics include tool selection, proper carving stance, modeling and the finer points of detailing. Using period forms and shapes as guides, students produce a decorative wall ornament. Wood carvers of all experience levels will benefit. This workshop is open to all skill levels, although some basic wood carving experience is helpful.

Dan Faia has been a professional wood carver, cabinet maker and chair maker since 1994. He is a graduate of North Bennet Street School, and is currently the department head of the full-time cabinet and furniture making program. Dan operates his own woodworking studio in New Hampshire, and is also a frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking magazine.

To see examples of his work and to learn more about Dan, visit his website at www.dcfwoodworking.com.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Introduction to Spindle Turning

Saturday - Sunday, July 25 - 26
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Janet Collins
$380

This course offers instruction in spindle turning techniques used in furniture making. Information on lathes, tools, materials and finishing is presented. Sharpening tools is demonstrated and practiced. Each student has a lathe to use to practice various turning techniques. Students learn hands-on turning using four basic tools; the roughing gouge, spindle gouge, parting tool and skew chisel. Students have the opportunity to turn a mallet before the class ends. This class is open to all skill levels. The school has sets of tools students may use during this class. If you wish to buy turning tools, expect to spend approximately $220 on tools. Tool lists are sent with registration confirmation.

Janet Collins has been a professional woodworker and woodturner since graduating from the Cabinet and Furniture Making program at North Bennet Street School in 1996. She has developed and taught many of the woodworking and woodturning workshops at North Bennet Street School. Currently she teaches woodworking full time at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. You can view her work at www.greenmountainwoodturning.com.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Fundamentals of fine woodworking

Monday - Friday, July 27 - August 7
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Ryan Messier
$1275

This course covers the essential elements needed to build a foundation of skills for fine woodworking projects. Topics include sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools including paring chisels, hand plane, dovetail saw, card scraper and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; and the strategies of laying out and cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and student exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel, and hand planing. Learn to lay out and cut dovetail and mortise-and-tenon joints.

Traditional cabinetmaking practices are explained throughout the workshop and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project.

Ryan Messier is a fine furniture and chairmaker located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Formal training at the North Bennet Street School provided a wide skill-set which, blended with his artistic talents, has enabled him to create beautiful and intricate custom pieces.

Tools required for this workshop are about $375.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Introduction to bowl turning

Saturday - Sunday, August 1 - 2
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Janet Collins
$380

This two-day workshop introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe. This class is open to all skill levels. The school has tools students may use during this class.

Janet Collins has been a professional woodworker and woodturner since graduating from the Cabinet and Furniture Making program at North Bennet Street School in 1996. She has developed and taught many of the woodworking and woodturning workshops at North Bennet Street School. Currently she teaches woodworking full time at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. You can view her work at www.greenmountainwoodturning.com

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Window Sash Workshop

Saturday - Sunday, August 1-2,2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Rainford
$425

Learn the basics of building a traditional window sash. The sash you make can be used as a small window or a wall hanging. Skills learned include: milling muntin stock, layout from a story stick, mortise and tenon work, coping a profile, draw boring, making pins, cutting glass and the basics of glazing. If time allows, we discuss other styles and tips on fitting a sash to a frame. Prerequisites: Fundamentals of fine woodworking and Fundamentals of machine woodworking.

Bill Rainford is a graduate of the Preservation Carpentry program and many PC and CFM workshops. A long time woodworker, Bill currently works on commissioned pieces from his own workshop, site projects, and personalized instruction. You can visit Bill's webpage here:

Sashmaking Blog Post

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Hand cut dovetails

Saturday - Sunday, August 8-9, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Janet Collins
$450

Learn the steps to follow in order to successfully layout and cut out both through dovetails and half blind dovetails. Through dovetails are seen on both faces and half blind dovetails are only seen on one face. Both types of dovetails are commonly found in the construction of fine furniture.

Janet Collins has been a professional woodworker and woodturner since graduating from the Cabinet and Furniture Making program at North Bennet Street School in 1996. She has developed and taught many of the woodworking and woodturning workshops at North Bennet Street School. Currently she teaches woodworking full time at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. You can view her work at www.greenmountainwoodturning.com

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Fine finishing

Saturday - Sunday, August 15 - 16, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: John LaGattuta
$425

This two-day workshop covers the finishing of furniture in a manner that is consistent with the period of design, including proper coloring using various typed of stains, dyes and glazes. Different types of top coats are discussed and demonstrated, including shellac, varnish and nitrocellulose based lacquer. Color theory and layering of stains and dyes are used to bring out the depth and beauty of the piece. Students are encouraged to bring a piece to the workshop for finishing.

John Lagattuta is the owner of Northwest Corner Woodworks in Torrington Connecticut, specializes in the making of furniture represent- ing styles of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries using traditional methods and techniques and restoring antiques. His firm has been employed by several historical organizations, including the Litchfield and Torrington historical societies.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Intro to Woodworking/Summer Youth Program

Monday - Friday, August 24 - 28, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Chris Kearney
$600

In this five-day course, students (6th, 7th, 8th grade) will learn the basics of drafting, woodworking and finishing through the completion of several projects. Each project introduces students to new skills and tools and builds upon the lessons of earlier projects. The students will learn how to use various hand saws, planes, rasps, files and chisels to create attractive and useful items that will be enjoyed for years; from a simple pencil box or cutting board to a more intricate wall shelf or carved spoon.

Prior to attending the Cabinet and Furniture Making program, Chris Kearney taught middle school math and history for 10 years. After graduation Chris worked in cabinet and millwork shops on North Shore before starting CB Kearney Fine Woodworking and becoming a MA/NH certified Industrial Technology instructor. He has taught woodworking, drafting and metal shop for various school districts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. You can see some of his custom furniture at www.cbkearney.com

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Intro to Woodworking/Summer Youth Program

Monday - Friday, June 15 - 19
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Chris Kearney
$600

In this five-day course, students (6th, 7th, 8th grade) will learn the basics of drafting, woodworking and finishing through the completion of several projects. Each project introduces students to new skills and tools and builds upon the lessons of earlier projects. The students will learn how to use various hand saws, planes, rasps, files and chisels to create attractive and useful items that will be enjoyed for years; from a simple pencil box or cutting board to a more intricate wall shelf or carved spoon.

Prior to attending the Cabinet and Furniture Making program, Chris Kearney taught middle school math and history for 10 years. After graduation Chris worked in cabinet and millwork shops on North Shore before starting CB Kearney Fine Woodworking and becoming a MA/NH certified Industrial Technology instructor. He has taught woodworking, drafting and metal shop for various school districts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. You can see some of his custom furniture at www.cbkearney.com

Monday, September 14, 2015

Three-month furniture making intensive

Monday - Friday, September 14 - December 18, 2015 no class: 10/12, 11/11, 11/13, 11/26, 11/27
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Jamey Pope
$6000
$1800 deposit to hold space for registrant
The 15% discount for new students does not apply for this workshop

This furniture making intensive should be considered by those who wish to learn as much as possible about furniture making in three months. Participation in this course can also be used by students who wish to enhance their skills to be better prepared to attend one of North Bennet Street School’s full-time programs. This course is designed to guide the student from basic hand and machine skills to advanced techniques in furniture making with each student building a final project from rough lumber. The first part of the course covers the hand and machine skills taught in Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking courses.

Students complete several basic and advanced joinery samples and other projects prior to building a more complex final project that includes techniques that can be used in building a wide range of furniture and provides students with the knowledge and skills to build most tables and case pieces. Students are taken to a lumber yard and guided through the process of choosing and purchasing the appropriate stock for the project. Students practice various styles of legs including turned and tapered legs.

In addition, we cover: basic drafting, reading and following furniture plans, project organization, developing procedures and stock lists, working safely, efficiently and accurately, spindle and faceplate turning, veneering curved and flat surfaces, case and table construction, and finishing. The hand-cut and machine-cut joinery includes: half blind and through dovetails, mortise and tenon, multiple stub tenons, twin tenons, housed tapered dovetails, dovetailed drawer dividers, dovetailed vertical partitions, shaping and cutting molding and curved and flat drawer construction.

Please read cancellation policy on our continuing education page. This course has no prerequisite. Students are responsible for material costs of approximately $300.

Jamey is a 2006 graduate of the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program. Before becoming a custom furnituremaker, Jamey was a general contractor.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Intro to Woodworking for the Home Schooled

Wednesdays, September 23 - November 18
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Instructor: Chris Kearney
$400 - the 15% discount does not apply to this workshop

Designed for middle-school-age home schooled students, these eight workshops teach tool use and safety through exercises that advance from simple to more complex. Students learn the basics of drafting, woodworkign and finishing through the completion of several projects. . Each project introduces students to new skills and tools and builds upon the lessons of earlier projects. The students will learn how to use various hand saws, planes, rasps, files and chisels to create attractive and useful items that will be enjoyed for years; from a simple pencil box or cutting board to a more intricate wall shelf or carved spoon.

Prior to attending the Cabinet and Furniture Making program, Chris Kearney taught middle school math and history for 10 years. After graduation Chris worked in cabinet and millwork shops on North Shore before starting CB Kearney Fine Woodworking and becoming a MA/NH certified Industrial Technology instructor. He has taught woodworking, drafting and metal shop for various school districts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. You can see some of his custom furniture at www.cbkearney.com

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Other carpentry and furniture making classes

This is a partial list of class that have been offered in the past. If there is one or more that interest you, write to Jim Morris. We welcome class  requests.

  • Garden tool and tote
  • Platform framing
  • Stairbuilding
  • Advanced techniques in furniture making
  • Boston case furniture and the challenges of compound curves
  • Brettstuhl workshop
  • Chip carving
  • Chippendale chair workshop
  • Continuous armchair
  • Continuous-arm windsor chairDecorative inlay
  • Dovetails
  • Drafting for furniture makers
  • Elements of chair construction
  • Finials for furniture
  • Flat edge tool sharpening
  • Fundamentals of fine woodworking
  • Fundamentals of machine woodworking
  • Georgian footstool
  • Hammer veneering and the vacuum press
  • Intermediate bowl turning
  • Introduction to bowl turning
  • Introduction to shapers
  • Introduction to spindle turning
  • Machine maintenance: bandsaw
  • Machine maintenance: tableSaw
  • Machine safety: routers
  • Machine woodworking - pembroke table
  • Machine woodworking: shaker table
  • Parent and child toolbox workshop
  • Parent/child course: wall shelf
  • Pie crust serving tray
  • Relief carving
  • Restoration of gilded surfaces
  • Sand shaded fan
  • Shaker oval boxmaking
  • Three month furniture making intensive
  • Tool box workshop for teens
  • Turning for furniture makers
  • Veneering fundamentals